Health & Safety Abroad
A guide to how you can reduce the risk of being injured abroad
Whilst it could spoil your trip if you are constantly preoccupied with staying safe, there are a number of simple measures you can take to reduce the risk of being involved in an accident whilst abroad on holiday.
Make sure all vaccinations are up to date. You can find out which vaccinations you need for your trip at netdoctor.
European Health Insurance Card
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) ensures that you will have easy access to healthcare if you have an accident in a European Union member country. You can get hold of a free EHIC at EHIC.org.uk.
Conceal any valuable jewellery so as not to be an obvious target for thieves and muggers. A money belt can be a good way to keep your valuables safely. Alternatively, carry keys, travel cards and your phone in a pocket so that you can give up your handbag and escape quickly if necessary.
Check whether the tap water is safe to drink in the country you are visiting. If not, be sure to drink bottled water. Avoid ice in drinks and turn down salads or other foods which may have been washed in tap water.
Leave A Trail
Whenever you are going out abroad, particularly if you are planning to meet someone new, leave details of where you are going, who you are meeting and what time you expect to return. Also, plan how you are going to get home, for example, take the number of a reputable taxi firm.
To prevent your drink being spiked at a night club or bar, never leave your glass unattended. If you feel ill or light-headed then tell the barman or waiter straight away and ask for a taxi to take you home.
Always avoid unnecessary risks, especially if the area is new to you. Steer clear of areas that feel dangerous, whether you are walking down an empty street or in a crowded room. Carry a personal alarm and know how to use it to shock and disorientate an assailant so that you can escape safely.
Ask for Help
Establish contact points such as police, consulates and hospitals so that you have a straightforward way of calling for help if things go wrong while you are abroad.